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Recipes for a Summer Dinner Party:
Easy Summer Outdoor Recipe Ideas

If you're hosting a party at your place you're probably looking for great recipes for a summer dinner party... after all, summertime is all about spending time with friends, kicking back, and entertaining!

Sure there are the tried-n-true things that you see at nearly every picnic --potato salad, anyone?-- or summertime meal, but you want your party to be unique. The best way to achieve that? Get creative in your menu planning, of course!

Here, you'll find a few great summer dinner party recipes that will go over well with any crowd. Together, they make a great summer dinner party menu! But you'll also find some great recipes for summer dinners on other pages here at Divine Dinner Party, such as:

Fresh Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Appetizer Recipe

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with BaconOf course, you want your recipes for a summer dinner party to be festive and fun. So let's start with finger foods! At a summer party finger foods are also typically appetizers-- those yummy little bites that get tastes buds excited, but aren't enough food to really fill people up.

This simple summertime appetizer recipe is a personal favorite-- fresh and seasonal stuffed cherry tomatoes. The color of tomatoes makes them POP on a platter (we eat with our eyes), and the size is ideal for summer party finger food.

Note: If you're not big on bacon you can swap it out for cooked ground sausage, flaked crab, or cooked chopped shrimp. This is one of those flexible (and easy!) summer outdoor cooking recipes

Recipe makes enough for about four guests.

1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. each fresh grated Romano and Parmesan cheeses (or 1/2 c. Asiago)
2 cloves minced garlic (or 1/8 tsp. garlic powder)
1 tbsp. finely minced fresh basil
1/2 lb. hickory smoked bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Chive, cut into 1-2" pieces, to garnish

Instructions: 1. Slice off the top of the cherry tomatoes and then scoop out the middle (a melon baller works great for this). Turn each tomato upside down over paper towels so excess juice drains out.

2. Meanwhile mix together all other ingredients (this is your stuffing).

3. Fill the tomatoes with your filling and chill before using. Can be made up to 12 hours ahead.

Some other great appetizer recipes for a summer dinner party are:

Chunky Fruited Gazpacho Recipe with Guava and Mango

Gazpacho Recipe Chunky, Made with Mango Guava and TomatoFor something really different why not offer cold soup as one of your recipes for a summer dinner party? It's a great way to beat the heat, and you can make it in advance-- it only gets more flavorful as it sits!

This is a great recipe for a fruited gazpacho that serves about 3-4 people. The flavors of the sweet fruit and the savory elements combine to make something interesting, refreshing, and ton of fun to eat.

Other Gazpachos: This recipe makes a chunky stuyle gazpacho. If you're looking for a more traditional Spanish style gazpacho recipe (blended smooth). you might want to try this recipe for Spanish watermelon-tomato gazpacho. Either way, it's a great idea to set up the gazpacho garnish bar you'll see described here!

1 c. diced fresh mango
1 c. orange or guava juice
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 red pepper, cleaned and diced
1/2 sweet onion, peeled and diced
1-2 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp. minced hot pepper (optional)
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. cilantro (fresh chopped)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. Using a blender, puree the mango with the juice and olive oil.

2. Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour the juice over top. Season to personal tastes. This is best if it chills for several hours so the flavors can marry.

Additional Summer Main Dish Ideas

Summer DInner Party Recipes and Tablesetting
Of course, if you're planning your recipes for a summer dinner party, the first thing that springs to mind will be your grill, if you have one. The main dish for summer parties is very frequently some type of barbecue. Grilling has become one of the most popular pastimes, and some individuals guard their grill with a gusto previously only known to secret family recipes!

Whether you have access to a grill or not, there are plenty of great options for easy-to-make main dish recipes for a summer dinner party, such as:

* this is best done with relatively thin pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts so the meat can absorb the flavor of the pesto while grilling.

There are so many other fantastic options for summer cooking that the list could be endless. What's important is that you make what you know you and your guests will enjoy. Also, try not to get overly complex – you want time to enjoy your guests. And while a little spice is okay, you don't want your guests sweating! So if you like spicy, choose some milder recipes for a summer dinner party, too.

Summer Dinner Party Dessert Ideas

Last but not least – don't forget dessert! A make your own sundae bar is incredibly fun for summer. Just line everything up then let your guests play! If it's too hot for the ice cream, then perhaps:

would do the trick to round out the meal.

Other Summer Dinner Party Recipe Ideas

Recipes for a summer dinner party don't necessarily need to be overly heavy with food. Because its warm, sometimes small offerings or food that's on the light side (a fresh spinach salad, for example) is very welcome. And don't forget the refreshing cocktails – things like a frozen Tequila Sunset, daiquiris and margaritas will be very welcome at the end of a hot day!

You'll find lots more suggestions, tips, and recipes for a summer dinner party right here!

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